Research Assistant in Developmental Neuroscience

Melbourne, Australia
23 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Melbourne, Bundoora Campus
  • Fixed term until December 2019 - Research
  • $66,304-$89,935 p.a. + Superannuation

Our Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.

The College comprises four Schools delivering a broad range of programs in science, engineering, health and technology at apprenticeship, certificate, bachelor, masters and PhD levels. Many programs articulate between vocational and higher education, creating pathways for further study. There is a vibrant research community attracting funding from a range of government and industry sources. The College has an annual income of approximately $425 million and employs over 1,000 staff providing on and offshore programs to approximately 20,000 students.

The Role & Your Responsibilities

Working as part of a team in the Neurodevelopment in Health & Disease (NDHD) Research Program, the Research Assistant is required to provide research and technical support particularly in experimental models of developmental brain injury and neurotherapeutics. The research conducted by the NDHD team focuses on many aspects of brain development and neural function both before and after birth.

The Research Assistant will participate with 'in vivo' and 'in vitro' studies involving the brain, adrenal gland, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system; the treatment and dissection of laboratory animals; various scientific analyses including cellular, protein and mRNA assays; in obtaining and analysing bioinformatics data; and will carry out statistical and graphical analysis of scientific data. The person appointed to this position will be responsible for routine general laboratory maintenance, and adherence to OHS regulations.

Skills & Experience Required

As the successful candidate, you will have experience in animal models of disease, including experience with full recovery surgery in pregnant rodents. You will possess the skills to work with molecular biology, immunohistochemical, histological and microscopy techniques, as well as tissue sectioning using the cryostat and rotary microtome. Experience with obtaining and analysing bioinformatics data is highly desirable. In addition, you will have a proven aptitude to establish, interpret and follow accepted methods and protocols.

Mandatory: Hold a Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Master of Science qualification in biology, laboratory science, biomedical sciences or similar.

To Apply

To view a position description, please see below or for further information please contact Darien Rossiter on +61 3 9925 1063.

Applications close on Wednesday 12th December 2018

Applicants must separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description.

This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community